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A seat or family seat is the principal residence
A house is a building or structure that has the ability to be occupied for dwelling by human beings or other creatures. The term house includes many kinds of different dwellings ranging from rudimentary huts of nomadic tribes to free standing individual structures...

 of a (usually aristocratic
Aristocracy (class)
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) family. The residence usually denotes the social
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, economic, political, or historic connection of the family within a given area. Some families took their dynasty
A dynasty is a sequence of rulers considered members of the same family. Historians traditionally consider many sovereign states' history within a framework of successive dynasties, e.g., China, Ancient Egypt and the Persian Empire...

 name from their family seat (Habsburg
The House of Habsburg , also found as Hapsburg, and also known as House of Austria is one of the most important royal houses of Europe and is best known for being an origin of all of the formally elected Holy Roman Emperors between 1438 and 1740, as well as rulers of the Austrian Empire and...

, Hohenzollern, and Windsor
House of Windsor
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), or named their family seat after their own dynasty name. The term family seat was first recorded in the 11th century Domesday Book
Domesday Book
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 where it was listed as the word caput. The term continues to be used in the British Isles
British Isles
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 today. A clan seat refers to the seat of the chief
Scottish clan chief
The Scottish Gaelic word clann means children. In early times, and possibly even today, clan members believed themselves to descend from a common ancestor, the founder of the Scottish clan. From its perceived founder a clan takes its name. The clan chief is the representative of this founder, and...

 of a Scottish clan
Scottish clan
Scottish clans , give a sense of identity and shared descent to people in Scotland and to their relations throughout the world, with a formal structure of Clan Chiefs recognised by the court of the Lord Lyon, King of Arms which acts as an authority concerning matters of heraldry and Coat of Arms...



  • English Nobility Family Seats
    English Nobility Family Seats
    This is an index of leading English titled Family Seats- Family Seats of English Peers :...

  • Scottish Nobility Family Seats
    Scottish Nobility Family Seats
    This is an incomplete index of leading Scottish gentry family seats.- The Monarchy and Dukes :- The Marquesses :- The Earls :- The Viscounts :- The Lords of Parliament and Barons :- Baronets and non titled landowners :-External links:...